RETURNING Lewis Cook completed 90 minutes for Cherries’ development squad in a 1-1 draw at Southampton and declared: “I feel back to normal.”

Cook, who also featured for Shaun Cooper’s side in the Premier League Cup earlier this month, further stepped up his recovery from a serious knee injury at Staplewood.

The England international has been out of action for Cherries’ first team since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Preston back in March.

But with another milestone of a full game ticked off, the former Leeds man was pleased to get more progress under his belt.

Speaking post-match to afcbTV, Cook said: “In my own head, tackles and stuff like that, I feel back to normal.

“But you’ve got to enjoy the little milestones and crack on to the next one I think, so we keep working, keep improving and hopefully not too much longer.”

He added: “Physically was the main thing I felt, I felt really fit.

“I felt fine at 75 minutes and was happy to do 90. I said before the game I was never coming off, so I think they (the Cherries bench) kind of understood that.”

Euan Pollock levelled for Cherries in the second half after Luke Pearce had opened the scoring for Saints.